Dark Night

Dark Night

A True Batman Story

Book - 2016
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In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Vertigo/DC Comics, [2016]
ISBN: 9781401241438
Characteristics: 128 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Risso, Eduardo - Illustrator
Klein, Todd
Alternative Title: True Batman story


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BookReviewer2015 Nov 02, 2018

An excellent graphic novel. A man's journey to get back on track after a horrific assault.

KateHillier Dec 21, 2016

Paul Dini thought he had it all: a great job working on Batman: The Animated Series, a geek pad to die for, and a 'relationship'. There are other issues in his life but he does his best to mask them.

Then he is severely beaten during a mugging and he finds himself deeply affected by this. Not surprising but his coping mechanisms, coming from childhood, are to have fictional characters talk him through certain aspects. Some good, some not so good. Doesn't everyone have a version of Batman and the Joker hanging around?

It's a fantastic and honest story. It's done matter of factly but it is highly emotional and personal as well. Paul paints himself as honestly as he can and the art reflects that as well. Batman and the Joker and the other characters he conjures are larger than life - he himself is not.

Batman fans will appreciate this but you don't even need to appreciate Batman to sympathise with this story about an ordinary guy overcoming something extraordinarily awful.

Dec 10, 2016

The retelling of a truly tragic and brutal incident in Paul Dini's life, it also explores other issues that he struggled with. He shows a lot of courage in bringing this all to the surface and making it public. Batman and the Joker among others are here as Dini's means of artfully telling his story while at the same time perhaps accurately talking to us about the voices that talk to us when our chips are down and we have to stand or run.

RobertELPL Nov 14, 2016

Having not read the synopsis, definitely not what I was expecting. If you are looking for a new Batman adventure, you may be a bit disappointed. However, if you are interested in reading a semi-memoir about someone who was a part of the "Batman: Animated series" cartoon (though, not the focus of the book) this is one to pick up. I found myself starting out skeptical, and then getting engrossed at the great combination of story-line and illustrations.

KickyMcGee Oct 13, 2016

This is not like any Batman title you've read before, but that makes it kind of great. It's not an easy read, nor is it necessarily a fun read, but if you love ANY fictional characters as real people, you'll see a bit of yourself in this book. Oh, there IS plenty of Batman, to be sure! However, this is less a story of Batman in his own world, and more a story of the Batman that exists inside each of us who read this book. It will stay with me for a long time.

Aug 08, 2016

An interesting look into the life of Paul Dini. While writing for batman the animated series in the 90s Paul gets mugged on his way home. What follows is Paul learning to deal with the trauma of the event and with other issues in his life that become more apparent in the wake of the event. All throughout Batman and the cast of characters associated with him linger in Paul's subconscious pulling us along like the Greek chorus. A great read with a wonderful message about accepting oneself and learning to deal with the tough spots in life.


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